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Funding Home Care

Funding Home Care

Many families struggle to afford the care that their older loved ones need.  The alternatives boil down to living at home and having the necessary help come, using the services of nursing homes or moving to an assisted living facility.  By any measure, when possible,...
What Does Dementia Look Like?

What Does Dementia Look Like?

When caring for a loved one that is exhibiting “different” behavior, it may be helpful to understand the characteristics of dementia as opposed to less serious behaviors that are associated with natural aging.  If the older adult in your care exhibits one or more of...
PTSD Among Family Caregivers

PTSD Among Family Caregivers

We most often hear the acronym PTSD as it relates to those returning from the stresses of battle in a time of war.  As a caregiver for an older adult, you may have recognized some similarities in your own emotional response to your situation.  They are similar in many...
Avoiding Senior Fraud

Avoiding Senior Fraud

Sadly, seniors are especially vulnerable to fraud.  While fraud affects over 25 million people per year if you are older than 60, you are at an increased risk of being a target.  Fraud comes in many forms.  Some con artists sell fake products and services by email or...
Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Given a choice, most elders do not want to leave their homes as they age.  They understand their “space” and want to stay in it.  But, aging in place requires acceptance and accommodation.  Sometimes it works out, but it can be challenging. Some seniors...
Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

While 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, of those who are older than 70, only 30 percent have hearing aids.  While age is the greatest predictor of hearing loss, the average senior waits seven years to address it. The effects of living with...
How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

Many seniors receive therapy at home for various physical, occupational, speech or cognitive issues.  Are they ever “done”?  How much is “enough”? The answer to this question clearly varies from person-to-person, but the simplest answer comes...
Stress: When You are the Caregiver

Stress: When You are the Caregiver

The challenges of taking care of an ill or disabled loved one can place significant stress on a family caregiver.  Unfortunately, dealing with daily stress makes caregivers susceptible to health issues themselves. Caregivers often exhibit signs of stress such as high...
Are Pets Your Best “Medicine”?

Are Pets Your Best “Medicine”?

Many seniors feel isolated as they get older. They may have lost close friends or family members and there are fewer opportunities to make new friends as they age. Owning a pet can change that – particularly dogs. Since dogs are pack animals, most welcome social...
Helping Your Aging Loved One: Five Tips

Helping Your Aging Loved One: Five Tips

When you come to the realization that your aging parent needs closer supervision and, sometimes, help with things that he or she never needed before, it is time to take an inventory of some key things. This article suggests some of the important things you can do to...